Beware: Avira Partners With Ask And UniBlue
Free users get the web guard component activated in Avira if they install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar. The component will only be available as
long as the toolbar is installed on the system.
Avira notes that the toolbar is installed in an opt-in process. Existing users get a notification about a new function eventually. This notification
pops up at the bottom of the computer screen. Note that you can select Install Now or Install Later, but not to say no to the installation.
I've been using Avira as my free anti-virus for a couple of years now, and have been happy enough.
Although, it may b time to shop for a new free anti-virus.
Yesterday, an update happened.
No biggie, but then you get a pop up saying a new feature is available. So, I try it.
I end up with the Ask.com toolbar on FF, but again no biggie, I just un-do it on Firefox
But, then we have WebGuard
Enabling it completely blocked my Internet.
Completely...even on Opera.
So, I disable it.
The Internet returns, but the umbrella is closed.
Not the worst thing in teh world, but I want to know why configuring the damn thing still gives me no Internet.
So, I go to the Avira forums, post my problem and am told to post a HiJack this log.
I am told I need to disable MalwareBytes, WinPatrol AND Windows Defender. I don't need them to be active anymore, and anyway, Wiindows Defender is
not going to be updated in the future?????
So, we're supposed to assume the new toy by Avira is so foolproof, it's gonna block all malware, phisihng, bad sites, etc etc.
Not trusting this scene somehow :shk: